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What's your favorite film by Phil Karlson?

Charlie Chan in The Shanghai Cobra
0 (0%)
Live Wires
0 (0%)
Charlie Chan in Dark Alibi
0 (0%)
Bowery Bombshell
0 (0%)
Ladies of the Chorus
0 (0%)
Scandal Sheet
1 (7.1%)
Kansas City Confidential
1 (7.1%)
99 River Street
1 (7.1%)
Tight Spot
0 (0%)
5 Against the House
0 (0%)
The Phenix City Story
2 (14.3%)
The Brothers Rico
0 (0%)
Gunman's Walk
0 (0%)
Hell to Eternity
0 (0%)
Key Witness
0 (0%)
The Young Doctors
0 (0%)
Kid Galahad
0 (0%)
Rampage
0 (0%)
The Silencers
0 (0%)
A Time for Killing
0 (0%)
The Wrecking Crew
0 (0%)
Hornets' Nest
0 (0%)
Ben
0 (0%)
Walking Tall
0 (0%)
Framed
0 (0%)
other (specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
9 (64.3%)
don't like any
0 (0%)

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Karlson, Phil
« on: October 25, 2010, 03:36:33 PM »
1. The Phenix City Story
2. Kansas City Confidential
3. Scandal Sheet
4. 99 River Street

5. The Brothers Rico
6. 5 Against the House
7. Tight Spot
8. Hell's Island

9. Ben



Terrific noir director.  Haven't seen Ben since I was a kid, maybe it's better than I recall.
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Re: Director's Best: Phil Karlson
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010, 03:46:22 PM »
1. Phenix City Story
2. Scandal Sheet
3. Tight Spot
4. 5 Against the House
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Re: Director's Best: Phil Karlson
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 04:34:21 PM »
Interesting. Don't think I've seen any.

Does this mean a William Witney poll is in the works?

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Director's Best: Phil Karlson
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 04:36:30 PM »
Upcoming on TCM:

October 26: The Young Doctors
January 14: 99 River Street
January 14: Kansas City Confidential

Will definitely try to catch those last two.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Director's Best: Phil Karlson
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2010, 04:45:38 PM »
Does this mean a William Witney poll is in the works?

You pulled a name I've never heard of!  I had to look him up, never seen anything by him.
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Re: Director's Best: Phil Karlson
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2010, 05:17:59 PM »
Haven't seen any

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Re: Director's Best: Phil Karlson
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010, 01:54:43 AM »
I may have seen Walking Tall, but went with Haven't seen any

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Re: Director's Best: Phil Karlson
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 02:23:00 PM »
Kansas City Confidential  (Phil Karlson, 1952)
Mildly entertaining story of ex-con John Payne trying to clear his name after he's the accidental patsy of an armored car robbery. The narrative is pretty rough. Everything hinges on the fact that Payne is an unusually timely and consistent deliveryman for a florist; and the third act gets all muddied because the robbers' plan to split the money doesn't make any sense (and a key element wearing masks to maintain anonymity is all but forgotten). The main draw here is seeing Payne as a really strong noir lead. I really only know him from Miracle on 34th Street, so his tough guy performance here was something of a revelation. And George Diskant (They Live by Night) films Payne and others in close-up really well, giving everything a nice, pulpy punch. I wish the film's long shots were half as interesting. Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef are a lot of fun, too.
Grade: B-

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Re: Karlson, Phil
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2015, 05:51:31 PM »
1. Scandal Sheet
2. The Phenix City Story
3. Kansas City Confidential
4. Walking Tall
5. Key Witness
6. Tight Spot

7. 99 River Street
8 Against the House
9. Assignment: Paris
10. The Brothers Rico
11. Gunman's Walk

12. The Silencers
13. Hell's Island
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Re: Karlson, Phil
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2015, 07:44:44 PM »
Scandal Sheet (1952)
★ ★ ★
Ever since winning Week 9 of the Director Ratings Project, I've been wanting to rewatch my favorite Noir by Phil Karlson. Completely holds up, and this time I noticed areas where the direction was particularly strong. A scene where a woman looks across a room and tension builds without a word or even a clue as to what is happening. A bar full of drunks with deep creases across their faces. Broderick Crawford dipping his face in and out of the shadows as he figures out his next move without letting anyone in the room know how much he needs to stay ahead of them.

This was a good, dependable fastball. Snappy dialogue, lurid details, immoral characters in every direction. The noose draws tighter with every scene, making this pace like a race against the clock. I liked the strict focus on the investigation instead of the characters. If you want to have a good day of Noir, check out Karlson's Kansas City Confidential, 99 River Street, The Phenix City Story and this. (A Box Set for Noir fans to dream about.)
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